Since I have not been getting better cognitively, I insisted that the Dr. do a mercury test. The blood mercury test is used to determine exposure to methyl mercury. However a urine mercury test is used to test for metallic mercury and inorganic forms of mercury such as amalgam dental fillings. From what I have read, inorganic mercury is also converted from methyl mercury by the body and is the main form of mercury in brain, which can lead to dementia, autism, ADHD and more.
Additionally, I paid $377 for a Clifford Dental test at BetterLabTestsNow. The Dental Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing is a lab test that identifies existing bio-sensitivity problems in dental materials. So, the results are that I am sensitive to mercury, and at this point I will need to replace all my silver fillings with composites.
laurie wrote:Cathy if you are interested in removing and protecting yourself from mercury you may want to do some research on L-selenomethionine as it has been shown to be effective at removing mercury from your body. ....... You probably already know this but make sure you find a dentist who is experienced in safely removing mercury fillings. https://prevent-alzheimers-autism-stroke.blogspot.com/2019/07/mercury-detox-using-selenium-method.html
Thank you VERY much for this information.
laurie wrote:CathyS wrote:
Thank you VERY much for this information.
You are welcome.
Julie G wrote:Congrats on removing several of your mercury amalgams,CathyS. I couldn’t help but wonder if your increased pain might have something to do with your daily Aleve. See this. I know how difficult it is to break this pain cycle without using OTCs. Are you already using a good fish oil capsule with curcumin? Both can be very anti-inflammatory as well as upregulating glutathione, the master detoxifier, which would also provide benefit for you now. During this healing period, especially considering the likelihood of increased gut permeability, you may want to be really careful with dietary lectins and other anti-nutrients. Lastly, if the pain persists, you might even consider low dose naltrexone. Use our search to see previous discussions. Best of luck as you move forward. Please keep us posted on your progress.
Arsenic high, and yes, I eat chicken & some rice. Tanio says supporting detox system will help, but I'm cutting both back at the moment.
Mercury is a bit high. Time to ditch all tuna and watch my intake of other fish like cod (yep, it's in the same range as light canned tuna).
And I need to increase zinc during detox.
CoachDD wrote:Jumping in to this thread since some of the discussion is around CIRS and Environmental Illness (EI). This is near and dear to me as it has been the major driver in my mysterious symptoms over several years. Thankfully, I am much better today, thanks to the help of FM doctors and a hybrid Shoemaker treatment plan. This journey led me to change my career at mid-life and become a Certified FM Health Coach - with a focus on AD and EI. I am currently leading a small advocacy group of FM Certified HC's to train other coaches on the effects of EI and how best to support our clients. Stay tuned for more information on this.
That said, I am knee deep in the research and want to bring to your attention a publication that Shoemaker released within the past month about the urine mycotoxin testing (spoiler alert ~ he does not believe it should be used to test mycotoxins): https://www.survivingmold.com/legal-resources/dr.-shoemaker-essays/urinary-mycotoxins-a-review-of-contaminated-buildings-and-food-in-search-of-a-biomarker-separating-sick-patients-from-controls
Here is the paper: https://www.survivingmold.com/Publications/Urinary_mycotoxins_10_8_19_RS_published.pdf
And here is the summary from this paper: "Even if we are presented with impeccable lab results from ELISA and thorough use of standard differential diagnosis (we aren’t), based on world-wide control data, and a robust literature on CIRS, there is no basis to ascribe any diagnostic significance to urine mycotoxin testing."
Also, Dr. Datis Kharrazian (a prominent FM practitioner, clinical research scientist and academic professor) had this to say about chelating heavy metals when testing positive for autoimmunity and/or symptoms of compromised brain function: https://drknews.com/chelation-autoimmunity/
Hope this helps!
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